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Daddy-Long-Legs (1912)

by Jean Webster

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Series: Daddy-Long-Legs (1)

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Classic Literature. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

At the age of eighteen, the orphan Jerusha Abbott is plucked from the institution and put through college by a mysterious benefactor. His only condition is that she write him a letter every month, to practice the writers' craft. Her colorful letters about college life are accompanied by drawings from Webster's own pen.

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  1. 80
    Dear Enemy by Jean Webster (kathleen.morrow)
    kathleen.morrow: The sequel to Daddy Long Legs, featuring Sally's adventures at an orphan asylum
  2. 40
    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (mybookshelf)
    mybookshelf: Both are classic stories about unusual young women who enjoy writing.
  3. 30
    Carney's House Party by Maud Hart Lovelace (Bjace)
    Bjace: Partially set at Vassar. Also a story about college friendships.
  4. 20
    A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter (HollyMS)
  5. 20
    When Patty Went to College by Jean Webster (Bjace, HollyMS)
    Bjace: Patty is a fun but less responsible version of Judy Abbott. Both of these are college stories probably set at Vassar.
  6. 10
    Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher (charl08)
    charl08: Similar epistolary format, although with very different results!
  7. 01
    Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede (wordcauldron)
    wordcauldron: Near the same time period, same epistolary style, and similarly entertaining, but with magical elements

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I'm not sure how I came across this classic epistolary book and I had never heard of the author Jean Webster before. Since it was an easy reading YA novel, I read a few chapters each evening. Even given odd title, which finally makes sense mid-way through the book, I actually liked this story. The main character is 'Judy' who lives in an orphanage. She catches the attention of a trustee who decides she has potential as a writer and pays her way to attend college. As part of the agreement, Judy must describe her progress in a letter to the benefactor, but no return correspondence will be offered and the benefactor's identity must remain secret. In some ways this story reminded me a little of Anne of Green Gables, not just due to the orphan theme but also because of the main character's habit of speaking her mind and sometimes later regretting the outburst. ( )
  Ann_R | Sep 2, 2023 |
Interesting book about a young girl exploring the world in the early 1900s. ( )
  ajrenshaw99 | Sep 1, 2023 |
Un libro delizioso, per me un vero tuffo nel passato, per riassaporare la magia e le atmosfere di una storia d’altra tempi.
Le vicende di Judy sono raccontate attraverso le lettere che scrive al suo misterioso benefattore, John Smith, che le paga gli studi, da lei soprannominato Papà Gambalunga per le lunghissime gambe che sono anche la sola cosa che di lui ha potuto intravedere di sfuggita.
Una storia dolce e romantica ma che è al tempo stesso anche una storia di forza e di riscatto, e che racconta quanto ancora fosse difficile la condizione della donna agli inizi del secolo scorso.
Scritta con spirito e tanta simpatia si legge con tantissimo piacere.
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  Raffaella10 | Jan 28, 2023 |
I remember reading this as a kid and really liking it, and it is rather remarkable how well I remembered the story and how much I still enjoyed the book. The story is relatively simplistic: an orphaned girl is sponsored by a nameless benefactor to attend college, with the stipulation that she write to the nameless benefactor, whom she dubs "Daddy-Long-Legs" regularly. Following the initial set-up, the story is told entirely in the letters Judy writes to DLL. As an adult, I am slightly put off by DLL's manipulation of Judy's life, but only slightly. I still found the book utterly charming. And now I discover there is a sequel! Or frappulous joy! ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 28, 2022 |
A quick easy read.....charming, yet sappy.....this was recommended another lifetime ago by a local bookseller who could not believe i had never read it.....and i soon found it and added it to my shelf....but it was a local theater troupe that is about to present a dramatic version of this on stage that triggered my memory that i STILL had not read it. So, the deed is done. Slightly silly, slightly sweet, and unbelievably predictable......and that is the quality that limits me at 3.5. I'm always the last to figure things out in a book or movie......but this i saw a mile away. No regrets though. ( )
  jeffome | Mar 17, 2022 |
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Webster, Jeanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Altay, MargitTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Andersen, StavenCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Anderson, Walter E.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ardizzone, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Åkerhielm, GallieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bodini, B.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boesch-Frutiger, MargritTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boveri, MargretTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Byström, EllaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cavallotti, GabrioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Esclapez, MichelleTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fairburn, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fei, JiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Forbes, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haapanen-Tallgren, TyttiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haapanen-Tallgren, TyyniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ibbotson, EvaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kliphuis, J.J.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Korthals Altes, AlisonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lenz, SusanneEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mac Neill, JoanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, Ann M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Munsching, Annie vanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schreuder, H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simons, GabrielleIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tholema, A.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Veen, H.R.S. van derEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This entry is for the book Daddy-Long-Legs, first published in 1912. Please do not combine with the 1919 Mary Pickford film, the 1931 Janet Gaynor/Warner Baxter film, or the 1955 Fred Astaire/Leslie Caron film.
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Classic Literature. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

At the age of eighteen, the orphan Jerusha Abbott is plucked from the institution and put through college by a mysterious benefactor. His only condition is that she write him a letter every month, to practice the writers' craft. Her colorful letters about college life are accompanied by drawings from Webster's own pen.


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